Instructional Leadership and Faculty

A university president once confided in me that while he loved to see innovative work being done within his institution, he believed that its' impact was of little value if no one outside of the university hears about it. His larger point was that reputation is the fuel on which universities run; it’s the means … Continue reading Instructional Leadership and Faculty

Edtech’s Betty Crocker Moment

Betty Crocker introduced its cake mixes in the 1950s. The mixes made the process of baking cakes less prone to failure. Faster too. For many, especially over-burdened women working at home, this was a huge leap forward. But the cake mixes didn't sell especially well. So, using market research and input from psychologists, the decision was made to design the … Continue reading Edtech’s Betty Crocker Moment

The Importance of Granular Learning Analytics to Micro-Learning Providers

The growth of alternative education and training providers continues. Companies like Udemy, Udacity, Codecademy, Fulbridge and General Assembly appear to be settling in for the long run and are expected to be a significant component of the expanding learning eco-system for adults.

Production Value in Online Higher Education

We can interpret the rise in production value of MOOCs as a sign of what's to come for all of online higher education, or as merely an aberration - a by-product of the one-upmanship that characterized the response by elite institutions to the onset of MOOC-mania. I would argue that it's the former - for two reasons.

Notes on Internet Economics and Online Higher Ed

:: The second piece of the series, "Internet Economics" can be found here: Scale, Economies of Scale and Online Higher Education.  The third piece of the series, "Internet Economics", can be found here: The Network Effect and Online Higher Education.   :: It's not often you hear a reference to the "economics of the internet" at conferences held on … Continue reading Notes on Internet Economics and Online Higher Ed

Notes: The Network Effect and Online Higher Education

:: Most people are familiar with economies of scale, which we discussed in a recent post. The Network Effect sometimes called “Metcalfe’s Law”, is less well-known, but equally relevant if we want to understand how the unique economics of the Internet are influencing higher education. The concept of economies of scale is concerned with the … Continue reading Notes: The Network Effect and Online Higher Education

Scale, Economies of Scale and Online Higher Education

:: The first piece from the series, Internet Economics”, can be found here: Internet Economics and Online Higher Education.  The third piece from the series, Internet Economics", can be found here: The Network Effect and Online Higher Education.  :: The "iron triangle" of cost, quality and access in higher education has seemed, at times, unbreakable. … Continue reading Scale, Economies of Scale and Online Higher Education